Here's what I wrote in the Everywhere Dress product brief years ago. I'm proud to have stayed true to it:
- Clean lines, easy to wear, pockets, machine washable.
- No buttons, no zippers, no drawstrings, nothing to poke me.
Drawstrings are my personal pet peeve. A drawstring lets the wearer define her waist, but it's constricting. (I mean, think about how often you've had to re-tie a drawstring to breathe or move comfortably.) It's also a lazy visual trick because it gives an easy focal point like a belt buckle.
We can do better than that, so the Everyday Dress uses a diagonal line, upper hip to lower hip, to give a different, subtle waist definition. The top is two-layered construction. The inner layer is shorter than the outer layer, which creates a subtle blousing effect - important for enjoying a good meal and then curling up on the couch.